Hyderabad city, few may be aware, is listed as a UNESCO creative city ofgastronomy. Long revered by foodies for its culinary delights it may come as asurprise to those not in the know that Hyderabad has another special status in thisfield. There are very rare cities in the world who can claim to be synonymous with asingle dish. When talk comes round to Hyderabad the mere reference to the cityevokes an immediate discussion about the Biryani, a dish which is a delectable mixof meat and rice cooked with spices.
However, for a true Hyderabadi, the obsession goes beyond this biryani, when itcomes to food. A typical Hyderabadi will spend hours debating the best place tohave a cup of Irani tea… and friendships have been threatened over arguments ofthe best Haleem joints in town. The cuisine of Hyderabad, as a result of its history ofover four centuries and the intrinsic ties with food, is a lot more than just a means tosatisfy a basic need; in fact, the right to good food is often taken for granted by itsdiscerning citizenry.
Why you will love it
- Engage with the culinary heritage in all its grand variety
- Get a first- hand experience of the Hyderabadi passion for good food.
- Sample the local food along and delve into the origins and history of the dishes.
What you will experience
Given its Nizami past, its little wonder those rich creations from the royal kitchens have down the decades, shaped the tastes of Hyderbad’s common people as well. From fragrant biryanis to mirchi –ka-salan, from exquisite haleem, from dalcha to dum-ka-murg and from bagar baingan to qubani- ka- meetha — exotica is central to food here.
On the walk, we will explore one of the oldest vegetable markets, making our way through some of the best snacks in town, participate in the Hyderabadi pastime of sipping cups of Irani tea with Osmania biscuits, bite into warm, just-baked local bread and watch the efforts that go into preparing some of the best delicacies this once royal city has to offer.